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Photo 1: Game of Throne’s Alfie Allen and Sophie Turner (Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO), Photo 2: Peter Dinklage (Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO), Photo 3: Emilia Clarke (Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO), Photo 4: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey (Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO)


  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photos Courtesy of HBO

The unprecedented 6th season of Game of Thrones has the nation sweating bullets. For the first time in Game of Thrones history, the TV series will precede the novels. It has been said that show creators, David Benioff (25th Hour) and D.B. Weiss (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) had a 3-hour meeting with nerd-king George R.R. Martin to discuss all major milestones. So rest assured, the storyline remains in place. With that said, as all O.G. Game of Thrones fans can attest to, it is not the shocking plot points that we ravenously consume (think incest between Cercei & Jaime Lannister, the illegitimate inheritance of the throne to their offspring and the subsequent murder of King Joffrey). It is the painstaking detail in which Martin crafts life and death, pain and despair.

Several weeks ago a new trailer was released, prompting conspiracy theorists of the internet to collectively lose their minds. While the trailer seems to have loosely addressed several areas of concern, it also drives us to ask pointed questions such as: What is the deal with Ramsay’s lisp? Where the hell did Gendry go? Oh, and will we find out who Jon Snow’s real parents are? It would seem so. Ned Stark appears in a flashback surrounded by warriors at the supposed Tower of Joy, where years ago Rhaegar allegedly held Lyanna prisoner.  On the other side of Westeros, it’s great to see that Cercei is back to her wicked self, choosing violence over obedience, once again offering comfort to the Faith Militant members demanding her compliance. This is a big deal for the Lannisters, considering their legacy is at stake after what may have been the most uncomfortable “walk of shame” ever conducted.

And of course, the red herring of the century—Shots of a deceased Jon Snow pepper the trailer, each one decorated with snippets of somber dialogue more conclusive than the next. Cut to 1:16: Jon Snow appears alive and well, engaging in battle. If you blinked, you definitely missed this. Thanks to the super fans on Reddit who combed through the trailer frame by frame, it is known. My educated guess is that Melisandre will resurrect Jon Snow in an attempted mulligan (RIP Shireen). Slow. Clap.

Speaking of epic battles, Miguel Sapochnik directs episodes 9 and 10 this season, which includes what is said to be the biggest battle scene in Game of Thrones history. Last season he directed, Hardhome and The Gift, in case you needed convincing why this is great news.

Not a spoiler unless you’ve been living under a rock: The unmatched Al Swearengen, I mean Ian McShane (Deadwood), guest stars on the show and brings a beloved character back to life. In a morally proud twist, Theon (Reek) rebels against his ‘master’ Ramsay Bolton to emancipate Sansa. Most likely to make up for his regrettable betrayal of her entire family. Reports floating around the internet claim to have seen the two filming on the set of Winterfell.

Anything else? Yes! Who will care for the dragons?! Daenerys has been kidnapped and potentially introduced to the world of white slavery. Luckily, Martin has a few contenders for a Dragon Wrangler up his sleeve. Tyrion was last seen in the trailer creeping down into a dark dungeon (someone get this guy another Emmy). There also remains the theory of his heritage. The books describe him as having “mismatched eyes of green and black, and a mixture of pale blonde and black hair”. Then there are the typical Tywin pleasantries spoken to Tyrion throughout the seasons: “since I cannot prove that you aren’t mine” (a personal favorite) and on his death throne “You are no son of mine!” But why would the sternest man in Westeros raise a boy who wasn’t his own? He is said to have loved Joanna Lannister so deeply, he would have done anything for her, and claims to have been a different man when she was alive.

Next: Euron Greyjoy. The charlatan sexual predator from the Iron Islands. Word on the thoroughfare is that he’s got a dragon horn. He’s also a real wildcard and a total liability. Are we about to witness a complete takedown of Westeros by the Greyjoy’s estranged, emotional terrorist of a brother? At this point, we’re not ruling anything out.

Game of Thrones premieres April 24th on HBO.

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